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Program Coordinator: Randy Leighton, PT 816.604.4808
MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley, Health Science Institute
The Health Science Institute (HSI) was designed to centralize the health career programs in one building that mimics both healthcare and real life settings, incorporates instructional methodologies such as; interdisciplinary simulated learning using state-of-the-art equipment and cloud base lecture capture which allows student access to learning materials 24/7.  The combined elements of this model fosters student fellowship, life-long learning and supports student success. The health career programs are affordable, accredited and yield a good return on the student’s investment through gainful employment and high wage salaries.


Physical therapist assistants (PTA) provide direct client care under the supervision of a physical therapist.  Physical therapist assistants help improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities due to injury or disease.  PTAs work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, sports clinics, rehabilitation centers, extended-care facilities and schools.  The program includes interactive classroom experiences along with 720 hours of supervised clinical rotations.


A.A.S. Physical Therapist Assistant (pdf)

Professional Certification/Licensure

Upon successful completion of the PTA program graduates are eligible to sit for the state licensure examination through the Missouri Board of Registration for the Healing Arts.

Personal Qualities

PTAs interact directly with the clients to provide direct client care so they need to be personable, empathetic, motivators and educators.

Essential Functions

Physical strength, agility, quick reactions, strong verbal and written communication skills

Program Options

The PTA Program offers a traditional classroom lecture program with labs beginning each Fall semester. Once admitted the program is 4 semesters with the first 3 semesters typically meeting Monday through Thursday. We also offer a web based program where "lecture" materials are learned in a distance education format and the student spends each Friday in the lab for learning and examinations. Both programs have identical clinical experiences in local facilities.  Web based learning is an excellent option for many students but it not for everyone and careful consideration should be taken before pursuing this program option. 

If you wonder if web based learning is right for you please visit this link to MCC's Distance Education Frequently Asked Questions page. 


The PTA program at Penn Valley Community College is accredited by:

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Va. 22324
Phone: 703.706.3245 |  |

If you have a comment about the program you can contact CAPTE through the information above.

Program Admission

Additional steps are required for acceptance into this program beyond the standard MCC admissions application.  This is a four semester program (additional semesters of prerequisites) that accepts approximately 22 students in the on ground program and 15 students in the web based program annually. 

Steps to Apply:

  1. Complete all required prerequisite courses
  2. Download the program application packet and student information packet; PTA Program Application, PTA Prospective Student Information Packet and follow the directions carefully.  Be sure to note all of the program requirements.
  3. Apply for financial aid.  The federal financial aid application (FAFSA) is also available online.

Program Application Deadline:  June 10th is the deadline for the on-ground program; October 1st is the application deadline for the web-based program.

Program Acceptance

Students accepted into the program will work directly with the program coordinator to determine next steps.  Students not accepted into the program should contact the Student Advising Department or the Health Science Institute ( to determine next steps.

Student Handbook
Download the student handbook for more information.


Students with instructional feedback or concerns should follow the feedback process outlined in the course syllabus. For other feedback please contact Tarana Chapple the Associate Dean of Instruction at 816.604.4344.

Last Modified: 9/24/19